Probiotic-rich kefir ranch dressing is a delicious way to add beneficial bacteria to your favorite foods. Top fresh greens with this dressing to make a salad bursting with flavor, or use it as a dip. This is a great way to add probiotics into your family’s diet.
It’s a delicious way to get healthy probiotics in, and a great way for kids (or adults!) to take probiotics if they are picky about fermented foods. This dressing is delicious as a dip for carrots or celery, or poured over salad.
Or, if you are midwestern… on pizza, on breadsticks, on anything.
I’ve made this recipe many different ways, including with an avocado blended in, but today I want to show you just the basic version. As you can imagine, though, this is a great backdrop for other flavors. Avocado ranch, bacon ranch, chipotle ranch – you are only limited by your imagination.
This recipe is so simple to make, and is really delicious on fresh greens or a homemade salad at lunch time.
If you are new to fermenting, this is a great recipe to start with. If you’re not-so-new to fermenting, or you’re looking for some inspiration, take a minute to check out my many recipes on fermented foods.
Just make sure that you start slow; eating fermented foods can be a bit of a learning process, and it’s good to take your time and start incorporating them slowly into your diet and lifestyle.
If making your own kefir seems too intimidating, you can make this recipe using store-bought kefir.
After you gain some confidence, try making it at home. It is really easy; you just have to be a little patient.
Tips for making Kefir Ranch Dressing:
- You can use fresh or dried herbs. Whatever you have on hand will work great.
- Use a garlic press to chop the garlic more finely (and really easily).
- If you have a basic Oster blender, you can just put the ingredients in a normal mouth mason jar, screw the blender base onto the jar itself, and blend it right in the mason jar.
- Change the recipe up a bit to suit your tastes. You could add fresh cilantro or some avocado to give it a more Tex-Mex flair.
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Tools you will need:
Garlic press – not totally necessary, but makes chopping garlic 100% easier.
How To Make Kefir Dressing Video Tutorial
How To Make Kefir Ranch Dressing
Kefir Ranch Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup milk kefir – homemade or store-bought
1/2 cup mayo – I use my avocado oil mayo.
1 tsp fresh garlic
1 tsp dried chives
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
fresh black pepper
1 tsp dill
1 tsp parsley
Juice of 1/4 of a lemon or 1 drop of lemon essential oil. Today I’m using 1/2 of a lime because that is what I have on hand.
Put everything into a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Enjoy. That’s it. Simple right?
What is milk kefir?
Milk kefir is a fermented drink that is made by soaking milk in kefir grains, which is the combination of bacteria and yeast. Placing milk with kefir grains and then allowing it to ferment in a warm place allows the good bacteria grow and produces a probiotic milk drink similar to a thin yogurt.
Benefits Of Milk Kefir:
Milk kefir is full of gut-healthy probiotics. We talk a lot about probiotic foods, and milk kefir in particular can help control blood sugars, lower cholesterol, improve gut health and digestion, and many more. (source)
How do you strain kefir?
Check out my post on how to make milk kefir where I show you all the tips and tricks.
What does milk kefir taste like?
It tastes like a slightly tart or even a little sour milk, almost like yogurt, but milk kefir has a slight sweetness to it and is a little bubbly.
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Kefir Ranch Dressing Recipe Card
- 1/2 cup milk kefir - homemade or store-bought
- 1/2 cup mayo - I use my avocado oil mayo.
- 1 tsp fresh garlic
- 1 tsp dried chives
- Fresh black pepper
- 1 tsp dill
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Juice of 1/4 of a lemon or 1 drop of lemon essential oil. Today I'm using 1/2 of a lime because that is what I have on hand.
- Place in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy.
- Store in a air tight container in the fridge.